Betty's Kitchen

Craft on Film | Create Day

Create Day is an initiative of London Craft Week. Each year over 24 hours Create Day celebrates the creative process of makers and designers across the globe.

For the second year Australian Design Centre partnered with Create Day and presented two of our films about Australian makers potter Prue Venables and Indigenous designer Lucy Simpson.

There are 300 films to watch and we’ve listed a few of our favourites here to whet your appetite for craft on film.

For the full program visit createday.org

Australia

Prue Venables: Filmed at Prue Venables’ home studio in Castlemaine, Victoria, this ADC On Tour documentary film offers a glimpse into the work and practice of one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed ceramicists. Watch here.

Lucy Simpson: Yuwaalaraay woman Lucy Simpson is the founder of design studio Gaawaa Miyay and is a process led trans-disciplinary designer/ artist/ maker. Lucy’s film was produced for Isolate | Make, an Australian Design Centre project that documented and exhibited work made during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. Watch here.

Colombia

ISHKAR Stories: Fashion supporting peace in Colombia. This initiative producing garments made from reclaimed uniform material is a collaboration involving former FARC-EP combatants, local entrepreneurs and civil society members. Watch here.

United States

Tiny Pricks: a public art project stitching quotes by former U.S. President Donald Trump into textiles. A material record of his presidency and the movement against it. Watch here.

Nigeria

Bubu Ogisi: Nigerian textile artist and brand creative director uses fashion to explore cultural differences and creativity. Watch here.

South Africa

Porky Hefer: South African artist’s NGV Triennial 2020 work of large scale handmade seating environments drawing attention to ocean pollution. Watch here.

United Kingdom

Jackie Leggett: A critically endangered craft, Jackie is one of the few remaining UK makers striving to keep the craft alive with her colourful and contemporary clogs. Watch here.

Jo Pearl: Ceramic sculptor, Jo, shares her process of modelling small emotional portraits for a recent solo show at the home of Charles Darwin. Watch here.

Katrina Wilde: A natural dyer and textile designer based in Stoke-on-Trent, Katrina uses local, home-grown, foraged and ‘waste’ botanical matter to create her dyes. Watch here.

Carloway Mill: On the Scottish Isle of Lewis, Carloway Mill is one of three remaining Harris Tweed mills left in the world. Weaving is not so much a job, but more a way of life that tends to be handed down from generation to generation. Watch here.

Lithuania

Izabela Carlucci: An emerging Lithuanian stained glass artist using traditional painting and kiln-firing techniques that withstand the test of time. Watch here.

Norway

Ingunn Undrum & Sarah Sjøgreen: These Norwegian artisans handcraft ropes from natural fibres using techniques from the middle ages. Watch here.

Switzerland

Anita Porchet: One of Switzerland’s best-known enamel artist working in watches today. Watch here.

India

Atul Johri: A designer based in Channapatna, India, Atul is revitalising the languishing craft of lacquered woodwork that Channapatna was once renowned for. Watch here.

China

CHEN Qinghe: Anxi county in Fujian province, China, is renowned for its bamboo and rattan weaving. In this film, weaver CHEN Qinghe demonstrates the value of dedicating oneself to developing a skill over a lifetime. Watch here.

ZHOU Guizhen: Yixing, situated to the west of Taihu, is known for its distinctive purple clays and serves as the Pottery Capital of China. ZHOU Guizhen demonstrates the process of creation in traditional Yixing pottery. Watch here.

Japan

Masako and Kinya Furukawa: This ceramicist couple established their ‘Ashiho’ kiln in a wooded glade near Kasama, Japan in 1997. They have a process in their work that reflects their individual skills and interests in ceramics, expressing their combined creativity. Watch here.

Artwork, bullet necklace on handcrafted twine, coiled and held in hands

Image: Lucy Simpson, Work in progress, madhanmadhan, Very Heavy, 2020 Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Top Image: Prue Venables, Betty's Kitchen (detail), 2017. Photo: Terence Bogue.